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Guilty (2011)

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A family man battles to prove his innocence after being accused of a heinous crime.

Director:

Vincent Garenq

Writers:

Hubert Delarue (collaboration), Serge Frydman (collaboration) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Torreton ... Alain Marécaux
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Maître Hubert Delarue
Noémie Lvovsky ... Edith Marécaux
Raphaël Ferret Raphaël Ferret ... Le juge Burgaud
Michelle Goddet Michelle Goddet ... Thessy, la soeur d'Alain (as Michèle Goddet)
Farida Ouchani Farida Ouchani ... Myriam Badaoui
Olivier Claverie Olivier Claverie ... Le procureur
Jean-Pierre Bagot Jean-Pierre Bagot ... Le père d'Alain Marécaux
Sarah Lecarpentier Sarah Lecarpentier ... Aurélie Grenon
Kevin Tholliez Kevin Tholliez ... Thomas Marécaux
Loris Rouah Loris Rouah ... Sébastien Marécaux
Charlotte Ghristi Charlotte Ghristi ... Cécilé Marécaux
Noam Chemama Noam Chemama ... Jimmy Delay
Jean-Pol Brissart ... Président de la Chambre des huissiers
Alexandre Carrière ... Inspecteur de police premier interrogatoire
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A family man battles to prove his innocence after being accused of a heinous crime.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 September 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Guilty See more »

Filming Locations:

Loos, Nord, France See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,174,485
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Harrowing Look at a Criminal Justice System Gone Wrong
5 May 2012 | by soncomanSee all my reviews

Based on the facts surrounding the most infamous miscarriage of justice in modern-day France, "Guilty" grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go - much like the French legal system.

A husband and wife - Alain and Edith Marecaux - are rustled out of bed early one morning and thrown in jail, accused of heinous crimes against children. Separated from each other and their children, the film tells the story from the husband's point of view. This brilliant storytelling choice prohibits us from seeing anything that he doesn't see - none of the legal wrangling outside of his lawyer's visits, none of the wife's legal situation, none of the children's separation. We see only his experiences in prison, his communication with his lawyer, his end of phone conversations, his growing despair. We find ourselves just as much in the dark as he does. His frustration and anger and feelings of hopelessness become ours.

Philippe Torreton gives a tour-de-force performance in the lead role as the accused Alain. Torreton's physical and emotional transformation is revelatory and deserved of any and all recognition he receives for this work. As the film is from his character's point of view, he is on screen 100% of the time. Admirable support is given by Vladimir Yordanoff as his defense attorney.

The original title of this film was "Presume coupable," which translates to "Presumed Guilty." That happens to be the name of a 2008 Mexican documentary that tells the story of an incredible miscarriage of justice in the Mexican judicial system. What little solace there is to be had in the knowledge that breakdowns in the criminal justice system are not unique to our own country. I take more comfort with the knowledge that there are filmmakers, both documentary and narrative, that are willing to expose it.

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